This Bullet from the Future Flies Itself

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What's that ghostly trail in the air? A bullet, flying and turning on its way to nail a target over a mile away. This is science fiction—4-inches long, and launched from the barrel of a gun.

The guided bullet was cooked up at Sandia National Laboratories, a joint weapons toyshop between the Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin. Somewhere in there, bright minds have produced this projectile, which self-corrects its trajectory thirty times every second to wind its way over 2,000 meters to a laser-pinpointed target, missile-style. Wind? Weather? The rotation of the earth? Those shouldn't be a problem for the bullet's tiny fins, which are fed navigational data by an onboard sensor.

Of course, laser-guided missiles miss their mark too, but a failed shot from a gun should carry a lot less of a risk than that of a missile. Sadly, if the bullet is ever deployed in combat (and not a test range), it won't carry that eery trail—that's just an onboard LED to prove the thing's agility. Which is a shame! What's more terrifying than a bullet that flies itself? A glowing bullet.


[Sandia via Danger Room]

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It always annoys and disturbs me a lot that people are still using money and time and wasting brilliant minds to create stuff whose purpose is to make other humans die.

That's just bullshit.

Of course, something like that can have a lot of other applications, but first it has to be used as a weapon and have to go through the guns of people and into the brains of other.